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Yearender 2022: Success of RRR, KGF 2, Kantara, Vikram, and others dominated Bollywood?

As we move forward, let’s evaluate Bollywood in 2022.




The curtains are almost down on 2022 but the show seems to will itself on. The year was much-awaited as Bollywood was rooting for its big releases after two years of the country being in lockdown mode with the pandemic. But Hindi cinema had the most challenging time impressing audiences.

Many major releases including Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra, Aamir Khan’s Laal Singh Chaddha, Gowtam Tinnanuri’s Jersey, and others pushed their launch dates to escape the lockdown impact. But they ended as a lost cause. While Bollywood failed to break records, South Indian films ruled the box office. 

Several regional films saw the audience lapping it up, including diehard Hindi viewers. The year saw new grounds as SS Rajamouli’s pan-India film RRR roared at the box office. Following this came Prasanth Neel’s KGF Chapter 2, Kamal Haasan’s Vikram, and other blockbuster films when Bollywood failed to read the audiences’ pulse despite starring A-listers like Ranveer Singh in Jayeshbhai Jordaar, Shahid Kapoor in Jersey, Vijay Devarakonda in Liger, Aamir Khan in Laal Singh Chaddha, Ranbir Kapoor in Shamshera, and Hrithik Roshan along with Saif Ali Khan in Vikram Vedha and how could one not mention the recent bomb, Rohit Shetty’s film Cirkus starring Ranveer Singh.

As we evaluate the passing year, let’s take a look at regional films that did better than Hindi films.


The SS Rajamouli film starring Ram Charan, NT Rama Rao Jr, Shriya Saran, and Samuthirakani in the lead roles hit the theatres on March 24. It also featured Bollywood’s Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgn who played a key role in the promotions making it a blockbuster hit. Alia Bhatt was seen promoting RRR along with SS Rajamouli, Ram Charan, and NTR Jr in all major cities including Hyderabad, Delhi, Chennai, and Mumbai.

Credit goes to the marketing team who made use of its Hindi cast Bhatt and Devgn and made sure the film reaches a wider audience.

For those unversed, RRR is the most expensive Indian film to date made on a budget of a whopping Rs 550 crore. Reports say RRR made Rs 240 crore worldwide on its first day in theatres breaking the record for the highest opening day collection by an Indian film. The film not only became the highest-grossing film in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana but also became the third Indian film and the first Telugu film to be nominated at the Golden Globes in the Best Non-English Language Film category and for the Best Original Song.

Speaking to Screendaily, SS Rajamouli said “I’m trying to find out why Westerners like the film so much. From what I’ve read on social media, it’s a mix of unapologetic superheroism and the unexpected movement from action to romance, comedy, dance and action. But this is how we tell stories in India. There’s something for everyone.”

The film’s success was not only because of its star cast or the director. From the well-written script to catchy music, Rajamouli didn’t go wrong with any element accountable for making a film a hit. And Naatu Naatu song being shortlisted in the Best Original Song Category at the 95th Academy Awards is its testimony.

KGF: Chapter 2

After RRR, this Kannada film directed and written by Prashanth Neel took over the theatres. Featuring Yash, Sanjay Dutt, Raveena Tandon, Srinidhi Shetty, and Prakash Raj in prominent roles, KGF: Chapter 2 went on floors on April 14 in five languages including Kannada, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, and Malayalam.

The period action thriller shattered records and became the second highest-grossing film in India, the highest-grossing Indian film in 2022, and the third highest-grossing Indian film worldwide. Reports say KGF: Chapter 2 was produced on a budget of Rs 100 crore which is the most expensive Kannada film in history. The film collected Rs 1,200-1,250 crore globally.

On the failure of Bollywood, KGF 2 star Yash, while speaking to Film Companion, said he doesn’t want Kannada people to put any other industry down as even the Kannada industry faces the same problem.

“I don’t want the people of Karnataka to put any other industry down, because we have faced the same problem when everyone treated us the same way. We have worked hard to get that respect. After that, we cannot start disrespecting anyone. We should respect everybody. Respect Bollywood. Forget this north and south,” Yash said.


The Kamal Haasan-Vijay Sethupathi film was released theatrically on June 3 after a long delay due to Covid restrictions. Directed and written by Lokesh Kanagaraj, the film was shot on a budget of Rs 120-150 crore and earned Rs 420-Rs 500 crore after its release and became the second highest-grossing Tamil film and fifth highest-grossing Indian film of 2022, and the fourth highest-grossing Tamil film of all time.

Vikram was released in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, and Hindi and received rave reviews for its cinematography, writing, cast, and action sequences. The film’s trailer was released in May and crossed over 1.2 crore views within 24 hours of its release, reports said.

Sita Ramam

Sita Ramam is a poetic and poignant love story that will give you a sense of the 60s-70s romance caught on film in Indian cinema. Starring Dulquer Salmaan and Mrunal Thakur, the film became a critical and commercial success and earned more than Rs 91.4 crore at the box office.

Directed by Hanu Raghavapudi, the film faced a ban in Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates for allegedly hurting religious sentiments. However, the simple-hopeless romantic film, but not cliche, earned praise.

This Telugu-period romance was also compared with the classic Hindi romantic film Veer-Zara starring Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, and Rani Mukherjee.


Kantara was the cherry on the cake for Kannada cinema that couldn’t suppress a triumphant smile with the success of KGF: Chapter 2. Rishab Shetty’s direction and writing became the talk of the town when Kantara hit theatres on September 30, unveiling the Bhoota Kola tradition.

The film emerged as a huge commercial success and became the second-highest-grossing Kannada film of all time and the second-highest-grossing Kannada film of 2022. After the success of its Kannada version, the makers announced its dubbed Telugu, Hindi, Tamil, and Malayalam versions as well. The domestic net collections of all the versions crossed Rs 200 crore in 30 days, reports said.

Kantara also found itself in a plagiarism controversy as Thaikkudam Bridge, a popular music band from Kerala, accused the makers of lifting their tune. Given the social media age, Thaikkudam Bridge slammed Kantara on Instagram levelling serious plagiarism charges for a blatant infringement of copyright laws as the song Varaha Roopam in Kantara had been allegedly copied from their song, Navarasam.

Nonetheless, Rishab Shetty’s directorial impacted a wider audience and the Karnataka State Government announced a monthly allowance for Bhoota Kola performers over 60 years of age.

Ponniyin Selvan: I

Mani Ratnam’s epic historical action drama, Ponniyin Selvan: I starred Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jayam Ravi, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Trisha, Karthi, Jayaram, Sobhita Dhulipala, Prabhu, Vikram Prabhu, R Sarathkumar, Prakash Raj, R Parthiban, Rahman, and Lal in lead roles.

The multi-starrer film was made on a budget of Rs 500 crore. Although it received mixed reactions from both critics and the audience, it became the highest-grossing Tamil film of 2022, the fourth-highest-grossing Tamil film of all time, and the 15th-highest-grossing Indian film of all time.

Mani Ratnam also confirmed Ponniyin Selvan: II which will be released theatrically after 6-9 months of PS1.

As is very visible, not even one Bollywood film did the numbers like regional films in 2022. The year, however, proved to be a success for Alia Bhatt as her film with Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Gangubai Kathiawadi which released in March was the lone Bollywood hit, she continued with her other successes in RRR, Brahmastra, and Darlings on Netflix.

Other films that made some noise at the box office were Vivek Agnihotri’s The Kashmir Files, Bhool Bhulaiya 2, and the most recent Drishyam 2.

Now, the concern is whether Bollywood will make a comeback next year or go further down. 2023 has a lot on its plate for Bollywood with big releases like Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone’s Pathaan, Prabhas’s Adipurush, Siddharth Malhotra’s Mission Majnu, Salman Khan’s Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan, Karan Johar’s Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani, Luv Ranjan’s Tu Jhooti Main Makkar, Rajkumar Hirani’s Dunki, Ajay Devgn’s Bholaa, Kartik Aaryan’s Shehzada, Salman Khan’s Tiger 3, Varun Dhawan’s Bawaal, and others.


Vicky Kaushal, Sara Ali Khan exhilarated at stadium as Chennai Super Kings clinches victory, video viral; watch

Amid all this viral content, there’s another video which has surfaced all across the internet. The viral video features Bollywood actors Vicky Kaushal and Sara Ali Khan.



Vicky Kaushal, Sara Ali Khan exhilarated at stadium as Chennai Super Kings clinches victory, video viral; watch

As the Chennai Super Kings (CSK)clinched victory in the IPL 2023 finals late on Monday night, the match highlights along with videos and pictures of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, CSK captain has amassed the internet since last night.

Amid all this viral content, there’s another video which has surfaced all across the internet. The viral video features Bollywood actors Vicky Kaushal and Sara Ali Khan.

The video is from yesterday’s final Gujarat Titans (GT) vs CSK match at Narendra Modi stadium, Ahmedabad, the moment when CSK won with Ravindra Jadeja hitting a four in the last ball that marked the victory for his team.

Both Vicky and Sara flew down to Ahmedabad to watch the IPL finals. In the viral video, the actors can be seen going crazy, clapping and cheering waving at the fans from the stand after CSK won.

The Bollywood duo are underway promoting their upcoming film Zara Hatke Zara Bachke, to be released on theatres on June 2.

It is a film directed by the Laxman Utekar and is the onscreen debut of the Raazi actor and Kedarnath actor.

The film plot is about two college-going lovers who face problems in their marriage after few years of living under the same roof with a joint family.

Sara and Vicky were bouncing off the walls at Ahmedabad before they headed to Lucknow for the film promotions.

The video was jointly posted by the actors in the Instagram handle, which has drawn hilarious reactions as well as praise for their upcoming films from the fans.

One user wrote, their movie is also going to be an epic one like this match, further wishing good luck to the duo wrote she loved the video along with the songs of the movie.

Many users wrote both the actors were supporting GT throughout the match and how the reaction changed suddenly after CSK marked victory.

Some wrote, which ever team would have won, the reaction be same by them.

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Akshay Kumar plays volleyball with soldiers in Dehradun, video viral | WATCH

Kumar attended an evening program dedicated to the Uttarakhand police, where he played in a friendly match between the police staff.



Akshay Kumar plays volleyball with soldiers in Dehradun, video viral | WATCH

On Friday, bollywood Superstar Akshay Kumar played a match of volleyball with police officials and soldiers in Police line, Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

The PADMAN actor who is in Uttarakhand for almost a week now for the shooting of his upcoming film Shankara reached Dehradun Police Line to try his hands on volleyball.

The video of Kumar playing volleyball is now viral on the internet. In the video, Kumar can be seen playing the game with the soldiers amid the crowd cheering.

Kumar attended an evening program dedicated to the Uttarakhand police, where he played in a friendly match between the police staff.

During the evening, the actor didn’t just played the match as a mere player but his team also won the match. The second match was won by ADG police Amit Sinha’s team.

Akshay Kumar attended the event on a special invitation of Director General of Police, Uttarakhand (DGP) Ashok Kumar.

Some pictures also went viral on social media which shows the actor holding a mike on the stage, which seems like he is singing a song.

While reports said, many of the officials made the event more special as they sang songs from Kumar’s films.

Reports also claimed, that DGP Ashok Kumar, SP Dehradun and other senior officials also could not stop themselves from dancing and singing during the program.

While not much information is revealed about his upcoming film Shankara, the bollywood actor is shooting hill station Mussoorie, IIT Roorkee and other places of the state.

Akshay is reportedly playing the role of a lawyer-activist in the film alongside bollywood actor Ananya Pandey.

On May 22, Kumar also shared pictures of his visit to Kedarnath temple in Uttarakhand, where he offered his prayers and took blessings before starting his ongoing project.

Some fans also shared pictures with the bollywood actor on social media.

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Bigg Boss 16 contestant Gori Nagori attacked by her brother-in-law at wedding

She revealed that the incident took place on May 22 in Merta City where she was not accompanied by her father and brother.



Gori Nagori

Bigg Boss 16 contestant and folk dancer Gori Nagori recently shared a video on her Instagram and narrated her story of her brother-in-law assaulting and attacking her at her sister’s wedding.

Nagori said she and her team members were attacked by her brother-in-law at Kishangarh where she was attending a wedding. In the viral video, she got emotional and alleged that she went to file a complaint at the police station, however, the cops took a selfie with her and sent her back.

She revealed that the incident took place on May 22 in Merta City where she was not accompanied by her father and brother. Javed Hussain, her elder brother-in-law, invited her to a wedding in Kishangarh and attacked her and her team.

Further, the dancer urged the Rajasthan government to support and provide her protection as the police are not helping her. She said she stays alone with her mother and feels unsafe due to the recent attack on her by her brother-in-law.

The video shows a ruckus at a wedding where goons can be seen breaking chairs and scaring people away with lathis.

Watch the video here:

Popular as the Shakira of Rajasthan, Gori Nagori is a stage performer who rose to prominence with her stint in the TV reality show, Bigg Boss 16, hosted by Salman Khan. She mostly appears in Rajasthani and Haryanavi songs.

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